Flames drop fourth in row

Darcy Kuemper made 30 saves as the host Arizona Coyotes defeated Pacific Division-leading Calgary 2-0 on Thursday night, the Flames’ fourth consecutive loss.

Clayton Keller and Jakob Chychrun scored for the Coyotes.

Kuemper improved to 16-4-3 since Jan. 1 as Arizona won for the seventh time in eight games to keep pace with Western Conference wild-card leaders Dallas and Minnesota. The Coyotes are three points out of the second wild-card spot in the West.

The Flames, shut out for the first time since Dec. 18, had won the previous three meetings with Arizona by a combined score of 18-4.

Keller’s 13th goal of the season came at 10:21 of the first period and gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead. Christian Dvorak skated up the wing with the puck and timed a pass across the Calgary zone to Keller, whose wrist shot beat goalie Mike Smith.

After a scoreless second period, the Flames opened the third on a power play. Mark Giordano’s shot deflected off teammate Elias Lindholm in front of the net and pinged off a goalpost in the final seconds of the man advantage.

Chychrun fired in a rebound that came out to him at 2:49 of the third period, after Dvorak tried to stuff the puck past Smith.

The Flames challenged the goal for goaltender interference, but it was upheld.

Arizona forward Michael Grabner played for the first time since Dec. 1. He missed the previous 41 games after taking a stick to his right eye.

Wild 3, Lightning 0: Jason Zucker recorded his first career hat trick and Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves for his second shutout of the season for visiting Minnesota. The Wild improved to 6-0-2 in their past eight games by dealing Tampa Bay its second shutout of the season.

Stars 4, Avalanche 0: Alexander Radulov recorded his first career hat trick and Ben Bishop stopped 31 shots in his second consecutive shutout as host Dallas prevailed.

Bruins 4, Panthers 3: Patrice Bergeron scored two goals, including the winner with 7.2 seconds remaining, as host Boston overcame a two-goal deficit to push its points streak to 18 games.

Penguins 3, Blue Jackets 0: Matt Murray stopped 25 shots for his 10th career shutout and host Pittsburgh beat Columbus.

Red Wings 3, Rangers 2: Andreas Athanasiou scored in the third period and had the only goal in a shootout to help host Detroit snap an eight-game losing streak.

Islanders 4, Senators 2: Valtteri Filppula scored twice and former Sharks goalie Thomas Greiss stopped 35 shots as visiting New York beat Ottawa to move into a tie with Washington atop the Metropolitan Division.

Blackhawks 5, Sabres 4: Artem Anisimov scored two goals in regulation and Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat beat Carter Hutton during a perfect shootout round for host Chicago in its win.

Oilers 3, Canucks 2: Alex Chiasson, Zack Cassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored as host Edmonton won its fourth in a row.

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